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Some pictures from Choco, Colombia.

July 31, 2013

In April-May I went to Colombia with some researchers from the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg.  We also meet up with some researchers from Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia. I will start to put up some pictures here from this trip. Start with some from Choco today. Enjoy!

 

Choco from the air.

Choco from the air.

The Choco group

The Choco group

Mecana beach. 50 meters ti the right were our lodge: Jardin Botanico del Pacifico. A fantastic place to stay at. Sergio the owner is a great guy. CAn recommend this place to everyone. Situated 15 minutes boat trip north of Bahia Solano, Colombia´s west coast.

Mecana beach. 50 meters to the right were our lodge: at “Jardin Botanico del Pacifico”. A fantastic place to stay at. Sergio the owner is a great guy. Can recommend this place to everyone. Situated 15 minutes boat trip north of Bahia Solano, Colombia´s west coast.

Alex deep in the Choco rainforest

Alex deep in the Choco rainforest

Rainforest dinner. Fresh tuna, rice, banana...Yummie!

Rainforest dinner. Fresh tuna, rice, banana…Yummie!

A orchid that we found next to a beach west of Bahia Solano

A orchid that we found next to a beach west of Bahia Solano

Unknown Dischea species

Unknown Dischea species

Me, taking a break in the rainforest. +29°C and 95% humidity.

Me, taking a break in the rainforest. +29°C and 95% humidity.

Me, taking a swim in a creek deep in the rainforest in Choco.

Me, taking a swim in a creek deep in the rainforest in Choco.

The group crossing a river in the Choco rainforest.

The group crossing a river in the Choco rainforest.

Big spider

Big spider

Lepanthes obovata – Colombia

June 26, 2013

Lepanthes obovata, Luer & R.Escobar 1984. Found this orchid at an altitude of 200 meters east of Mecana beach, Choco, Colombia. Growing in very dense rainforest near ground on big and small trees. Flower 5 mm. Leafs 3-4 cm.

Lepanthes obovata

Lepanthes obovata

Lepanthes obovata

Lepanthes obovata

Lepanthes obovata

Lepanthes obovata

Lepanthes species – Colombia

June 14, 2013

Here is a unknown Lepanthes species from Colombia. Grow at 2000 meters in Antioquia state. The flowers are 4 mm in size. Could be L cercion but not shure.

Lepanthes sp - Colombia

Lepanthes sp – Colombia

Lepanthes sp - Colombia

Lepanthes sp – Colombia

Lepanthes sp - Colombia

Lepanthes sp – Colombia

Lepanthes sp - Colombia

Lepanthes sp – Colombia

Telipogon species – Jardin, Colombia.

June 6, 2013

We found this species when we were driving on a small road just north of Jardin, Colombia. Climbie Hall shouted when we were driving next to some trees. There were a couple of plants growing in small trees just a meter from the road. Altitude at around 1700-1900 meters. Was suprised as this place don´t get so low temperatures. No ID yet but working on it. So here is first a In Situ picture and then some other pictures.

Telipogon sp - Jardin, Colombia.

Telipogon sp – Jardin, Colombia.

Climbie Hall with the Telipogon.

Climbie Hall with the Telipogon.

The view not far from were we found the Telipogon. Wiew to the west. Those peaks are the Farrallones de Citara. They are over 3000 meters high.

The view not far from were we found the Telipogon. Wiew to the west. Those peaks are the Farrallones de Citara. They are over 3000 meters high.

 

Telipogon sp - Jardin, Colombia.

Telipogon sp – Jardin, Colombia.

Telipogon sp - Jardin, Colombia.

Telipogon sp – Jardin, Colombia.

Telipogon sp - Jardin, Colombia.

Telipogon sp – Jardin, Colombia.

Platystele species – Choco, Colombia.

June 4, 2013

I had a wonderful time in Colombia. Went there with some researchers from Sweden, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia. We spent time in the Choco rainforest just north of Bahia Solano at Jardin Botanico del Pacifico. A wonderful place run by Sergio and his family. I can recommend this place to anyone that´s interested in seeing a lot of animals, orchids and other plants, nice scenery etc. One of the best places I have been to! After Choco we went up in the mountains north of Medellin. We stayed at Belmira and explored the hills there. And then we finished of in Jardin. So for some time to come I will publish pictures from this trip. Enjoy!

This small plant was found at around 200 meters in the dens rainforest east of Mecana beach, Choco. The whole plant is just 8 mm across. ID unknown.

Platystele sp - Choco, Colombia

Platystele sp – Choco, Colombia

Platystele sp - Choco, Colombia

Platystele sp – Choco, Colombia

Platystele sp - Choco, Colombia

Platystele sp – Choco, Colombia

Medellin – Wet and humid

April 22, 2013

Arrived today in Medellin after a long flight from Sweden with Alexandre Antonelli via Paris and Bogota. Tomorrow we are going to the Choco region north of Bahia Solano – Colombia.

No idea if they have a internet connection there. But I will try to update as soon as I can! Now a few hour sleep.

First view of Colombia. Mountains east of the Santa Marta mountains. Border to Venezuela.

First view of Colombia. Mountains east of the Santa Marta mountains. Border to Venezuela.

 

Colombia 2013

April 20, 2013

Tomorrow I am off to Colombia. I will go with some researchers from the Botanical gardens in Gothenburg. My job there will be to take photos/film the trip and field work collecting DNA samples, plants etc. We will start with Choco and then go to higher altitudes north and south of Medellin.

Hopefully I will be able to update this blog and my “orchid hunting” blog.

See you soon!

Me in search for orchids

Me in search for orchids